With gloomy and misleading headlines flooding the news, many shoppers assume that U.S. fisheries are doomed to crash, but don’t be fooled - The United States has some of the best managed fisheries in the world! In fact, many stocks have made significant comebacks in the past 40 years since the creation of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), which governs marine fisheries from the coasts of Alaska to the Gulf of Maine.
In 2016, NOAA Fisheries celebrated 40 rebuilt stocks in the United States since the year 2000. These are species like Lingcod, Acadian Redfish, Sea Scallops, and Swordfish that were once overfished, but are now thriving due to proper fisheries management by scientists and policy makers. Successful management policies could include quotas, size limits, area closures, and gear restrictions.
While it’s no secret that some of the world’s fisheries are in poor shape, Sea to Table is committed to sourcing only seafood that is caught in US waters, working with over 40 suppliers across the country that bring in the tastiest catch. So before you look abroad or to farms for your seafood, remember that there is delicious, and sustainable seafood right here in the good old US of A.